SammyPhoto

I am obsessed with creating images by recording light. I express my artistic vision through the scientific process of creating photographs. True artistic freedom is capturing the beauty of the nude body. I attempt to document the empty space as well as convey an appreciation of the landscapes we all see everyday.
Website ➽ http://sammyphoto.com/
Etsy ➽ https://www.etsy.com/shop/SammyPhoto

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California is thirsty for rain

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People all over the country may take rain for granted, but in California, we have been welcoming any type of moisture. This photo was taken back in February 2014 when we saw our last rain, which shows you just how rare it can be in this area.

Title: thirsty for rain
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A beautiful end to a wet day in Southern California. These clouds blanketed the sky for quite a while, giving off an ominous dark vibe.

Title: Stormy sky
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


One of the last pictures I have where the ocean hasn’t taken over the pier fully. At this very spot right now, there are waves that constantly hit the pier, however in this photo, the tide was still far out.

Title: Hiding under the pier
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

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Artist interview featuring Dorothyann Strange

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I would like to introduce you all to Dorothyann she has traveled to places such as Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Spain, New Zealand, Dominican Republic and England photographing all of her adventures along the way. Her work is hanging in coffee shops, restaurant and other local business.

SammyPhoto: Walk us through the step-by-step process you use to create your art.
Dorothyann: I get an idea or an inspiration, often during a night of insomnia or in the shower. I write my idea down making it as clear and detailed as possible so that my thoughts and therefore my vision become clear. I write of the potential problems of shooting this vision followed by possible solutions to them. Then I plan the shoot itself. I practice the shoot if possible or appropriate. If any other issues or problems or variations of my idea pop up, I change the plan, or adapt my vision to improve it. Then off to photoshop to complete the vision.

SammyPhoto: How did you get started with etsy?
Dorothyann: Ah,Etsy. A friend recommended I look into selling on Etsy. I had no idea what they were talking about. What a discovery!
What I enjoy most about Etsy are the artist photographers I have come in contact with. I have learned more from them than any photography organization I have been a part of. FPOE is my go-to group for advice in photography, selling photography, printers, and the general business of photography. Also, they are great for venting about difficult issues or celebrating good news.
As for my least favorite part, hm-m-m, maybe not understanding exactly what I need to do to get ‘seen’ more often, though I have been neglectful of my shop recently because I am in the middle of moving to another state and getting a house ready for sale, so my views have taken a severe hit. My customers have all been terrific, which is not everyone’s experience.

SammyPhoto: Could you give us some helpful tips?
Dorothyann: 1. Patience! Sales will come, but not as quickly as you had hoped.
2. Add something to your shop daily, if possible. It really improves the number of times your shop is seen, for some reason.
3.Look at other photog shops to see how they make theirs unique to their style, and develop your own personal style and reflect that in your shop.
OH! Join Etsy teams, especially, fPOE! You will learn important if not essential information for selling on Etsy. Plus, teams are supportive of what you do and what you hope to accomplish.

SammyPhoto: How did you get into photography?
Dorothyann: My first camera was a Kodak 104 Instamatic that I was given for Christmas when I was twelve. For my professional start, a photographer who worked in a photo shop invited me to enter a local photography contest. She picked out three photos from a handful I brought in as I had no clue what to enter. I won the show, beating out the photographer who encouraged me and whose pic had won an earlier contest. Two hundred fifty dollars richer, I decided to shoot more seriously and enter more contests and a camera club. These experiences gave me the confidence to find venues to sell my images.

SammyPhoto: Who inspires you?
Dorothyann : Yikes! There are so many. Some are not photographers. I love the simplicity of Edward Hopper, Robert Frank and Ansel Adams. I love the power of Dorothea Lange and the intelligence of Annie Liebovitz. My mother also loved to shoot and she is my muse.
These are artists I aspire to though I find my style is still too far removed from anything these artists do. I will continue to work to simplify my work and make it more thoughtful and intelligent.

SammyPhoto: Where do you call home?
Dorothyann: Iowa will always be home to me though I have not lived there for 37 years which I believe has influenced my choice of subjects. I have always missed Iowa and perhaps, if I am honest, my young years living on the family farm. I have chronicled my life experiences through scrapbooks starting at a very young age. I have scrapbooks of my 4-H years, high school events and friends, baby scrapbooks. And now I do photo books ordered online. I have books on my two daughters experiences in the Peace Corps (I visited them both in Uzbekistan and the Dominican Republic) and a book of letters and photos sent by my Marine son who had been stationed in Iraq. Always, it has been important to me to record my life as it has been a wonderful journey.

SammyPhoto: Could you describe your style for us.
Dorothyann: I like drama in a photo, if possible. Fun, on occasion. Sometimes, thought-provoking.

SammyPhoto: Share some of your hobbies with us.
Dorothyann : Gardening in the spring, summer and fall. Movies in the winter! I make my own Christmas cards and come up with new photo products of local images to sell in a local gallery.
Travel when I can!

SammyPhoto: Does your art pay the bills?
Dorothyann : I took me five years before I started to make a profit in photography, primarily because I sell photos and photo products such as coasters, mugs, keychains out of a local gallery that takes a 40% commission and if it doesn’t sell, I eat the cost! Though the exposure through the gallery has led to custom work with several banks and homeowners that has saved me. I will increase my online presence as it has considerably less cost to it. Here is were fPOE has been so helpful, I just need to act on their good advice.

SammyPhoto: Art school or self taught?
Dorothyann : Self-taught, though I have learned much from talking with professionals. I am friends with several photojournalists and with professors who teach either in art or photography. I also belong to a camera club where I have learned from amazing photographers, and judges. There is also an excellent annual conference in Holland, Michigan called SWMCC that I have attended. I subscribe to photo magazines as well and visit interesting photographer blogs online.

SammyPhoto: Anything else you would like to share with us?
Dorothyann :
Occasionally, I need to remind myself that I do photography to express myself, to show others what i see in something, some place, or someone and not to produce images that I think will sell or that is in vogue that people want to hang in their homes. I find it creatively draining to take a photo and make it like all the others ‘out there’ so that I can get a sale.

Stay true to your heart and your vision!

SammyPhoto: Thank you so much Dorothyann for doing this interview! I would like to invite everyone to check out RightOnStrange on Etsy and follow her on social media here….
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Love at sunset

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Sometimes it’s hard to capture birds on the beach because of how skiddish they are, but I managed to get up close to this group just as they were flying away.

Title: Gold coast seagulls
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Since the tide has gone down a bit, we discovered how much moss the rocks have. This is from months of constantly being under water, so it was like finding bright green treasure.

Title: reflection of mossy beach rocks
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


Romance on the beach is what makes life so great.

Title: Silhouette love
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


Walking away into the sunset, looking calm and at peace with the world.

Title: Sweet sunset silhouette
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

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Nude photography 2014


Wagon
Location:Ojai, California


A Dark Tunnel
Location:Bass Lake, California


Home In A Hole
Location:Ladder Canyon, California


View From The Back
Location:Bass Lake, California


Walk Away
Location:Ojai, California


Buttocks
Location:Ventura, California


Belong To No One
Location:Oakland, California


I Need Sunshine
Location:Sierra National Forest, California


Memorize All The Lines
Location:Oakland, California


Glow Over The Mountain
Location:Malibu, California


Sinful Days
Location:Santa Barbara, California

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Nature photography 2014


Green Hills
Location:Sunol, California


Tuolumne Meadows
Location:Yosemite National Park, California


Camarillo Springs Fire
Location:Port Hueneme, California


Highway 1
Location:Big Sur, California


Hume Lake
Location:Sierra National Forest, California


Rose Valley Falls
Location:Ojai, California


Oak Tree
Location:Sunol, California


Spider Web
Location:Ojai, California


Morning Dew Drops
Location:Ojai, California


Dragonfly
Location:Sierra National Forest, California


Purple Bee
Location:Summerland, California

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Fine art photography 2014


Circus Tiger
Location:Oxnard, California


Infrared Nude
Location:Summerland, California


Still Life
Location:Santa Barbara, California


Circle of the Sea
Location:Port Hueneme, California


Oil and Water
Location:Santa Barbara, California



Locked
Location:Alcatraz Island, California



A Way Out
Location:Alcatraz Island, California



Fallen Triangle
Location:Santa Barbara, California



Mushroom Road
Location:Sunol, California



Alien Life
Location:Santa Barbara, California



Light Trace
Location:Santa Barbara, California


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A beautiful weekend at the beach

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Birds have flocked to the beach in masses lately, and they usually frequent this small lake by the ocean.

Title: flock of shorebirds
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


A dramatic effect of wet sand ravaged by the waves against the rugged mountains..

Title: rugged mountains
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


I was lucky to find this footprint in the sand perfectly preserved in a thin oil layer.

Title: footprint in black sand
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


I found a small sand dollar that looked really clean, so I decided to snap a picture of it in the sun.

Title: small sand dollar
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5

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Artist interview featuring Nina Haigh

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I would like to introduce you all to Nina Haigh a talented photographer who love the great outdoors, animals, night photography and architecture. Let’s get to know more about how she creates beautiful images.

SammyPhoto: Walk us through the step-by-step process you use to create your art.
Nina Haigh: It all starts by me feeling inspired, and usually I feel the most inspired in nature. Photo-walks are where I get to let loose connect with my subject and just get lost in my work. Once I get home, usually I can’t wait to see what is on my memory card, once everything gets uploaded and cataloged the sorting begins.
Often I pull out what I feel are the gems edit them and post them to my shop or Deviant Art Gallery, sometimes an amazing image will get passed by and sit around until I reopen a file and see the art I left behind. These sometimes become my most popular images. Lastly I send things off to print at a local professional lab to keep things looking their best.

SammyPhoto: How did you get started with etsy?
Nina Haigh: It took me a long time actually, I thought that photography didn’t fall in the “hand-made” category since I didn’t physically make my prints.
I met a fantastic woman at my very first fair I sold my photography at, she was a team leader for a local team and urged me to start selling! Barely a year later she is team captain and I have become a team leader myself. It’s been very rewarding to meet other local artists, its amazing how far some of the people I’ve met have come all thanks to Etsy and sheer entrepreneurship.

SammyPhoto: Could you give us some helpful tips?
Nina Haigh: Develop your style! Especially with photography it’s so easy to get drowned out by others. Always keep learning about your craft! There is so much learning material just on the internet alone, try new techniques, learn better ways to do things – always Keep it interesting for yourself. If you don’t keep loving what you do, then its time to switch things up!

SammyPhoto: How did you get into photography?
Nina Haigh: My dad did! When I was 15 we went on a road trip across Canada and he handed me his 1970s Pentax film slr camera and told me to take the vacation pictures. I fell in love! I’ve been doing it ever since giving me a whopping 16 years behind a camera.

SammyPhoto: What inspires you?
: Being out in nature is the biggest but also oddly on the opposite I love architecture and that holds its place in my photography as well. I have a night time urban landscape series of various places around Montreal, Canada.

SammyPhoto: Where do you call home?
Nina Haigh: Right now Kingsbury, a tiny little rural village in southern Quebec. I fell in love with it here, I am literally a 2 minute walk from the marsh that is featured in Many of my photographs.The countryside around here is amazingly beautiful as well and that also gets reflected in my images.

SammyPhoto: Could you describe your style for us.
Nina Haigh: Vivid and realistic, many people comment how my photography tends to transport them to the places my images were taken.

SammyPhoto: Could you share some of your hobbies with us.
Nina Haigh: Camping, especially wilderness or canoe camping! Always with my camera of course! I have also taken up picking wild mushrooms!

SammyPhoto: Does your art pay the bills?
Nina Haigh: I wish! I’m still building up to that point. I’m selling here on Etsy and also local events as well as trying to become known as a commercial photographer.

SammyPhoto: Art school or self taught?
Nina Haigh: Both actually! While my dad showed me the very basics I wanted to learn more and signed up for my high school photo-club. I then went on to study two semesters of film photography in college. Since then I have been self taught, making the jump from film to digital was a HUGE step for me and took me a while to adjust. I kept at it though, kept learning and now I’m just as confidant, if not more with my dslr than my old Minolta srt101 from the 60s

SammyPhoto: Anything else you would like to share with us?
Nina Haigh: Occasionally, I need to remind myself that I do photography to express myself, to show others what i see in something, some place, or someone and not to produce images that I think will sell or that is in vogue that people want to hang in their homes. I find it creatively draining to take a photo and make it like all the others ‘out there’ so that I can get a sale. Stay true to your heart and your vision!

SammyPhoto: Wow! Love the last part about staying true to your heart! Thank you so much Nina for doing this interview! I would like to invite everyone to check out NinaHaighPhotography on Etsy HERE and follow her on social media her here….
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Abstract rose flowers

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Macro photography is some of my favorite because I get to go upclose to beautiful flowers like this and see all the details.

Title: bright orange strike it rich rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


What looks like a fluffly pillow is the many leaves of this red rose.

Title: bright red fame rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This rose looks like it’s bleeding which gives it a unique beautiful that you won’t soon forget.

Title: pink and white scentimental rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


They say life is stranger than fiction and this holds true with flowers, especially this spotted rose.

Title: china doll rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

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Beach and birds

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High tide and strong winds can create very unique landscapes, including a slanted beach.

Title: High shore line
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


I was lucky to catch this bird flyng by at just the right time, and it was really fighting the strong winds.

Title: Flying seagull
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


These long beaked birds are always searching for their next meal in the sand, which are tiny crabs that breathe through bubbles in the sand.

Title: small sea birds
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


The ocean was angry this day, causing waves to break at the edge, becoming very foamy and sandy.

Title: Golden state seashore
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5